American Humane Helps Willy the Cat

The organization's Second Chance Fund pays for Willy's medical bills while he waits for a new home at the Animal Rescue League in Elk Grove, Calif.

Posted: September 20, 2007 5 a.m. EDT

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Courtesy of Animal Rescue League.
The Second Chance Fund helps care for cats like Willy, who is still available for adoption.
Earlier this summer, a volunteer from the Animal Rescue League in Elk Grove, Calif., rescued a cat living under a house. Willy, a young black cat, was suffering from a gunshot wound in his left elbow and had metal shards in his leg and chest. Vets recommended that Willy’s leg be amputated, but the medical bills strained the shelter’s budget.

That’s where American Humane’s Second Chance Fund came in. The animal welfare organization provided a grant to pay for Willy’s medical expenses so the cat would receive all the treatment he needed. Willy made a full recovery and was put up for adoption in late July.

The Second Chance Fund provides financial assistance to animal welfare organizations for the medical costs of treating and rehabilitating abused animals. The goal of the fund is to give animal victims of abuse or neglect pets a second chance at life in a permanent, loving home.

For more information about American Humane and the Second Chance Fund, visit the organization’s website.

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mark    montebello, CA

1/1/2011 8:30:10 AM

is willy still available for adoption ?

Lena    Lula, GA

4/12/2008 7:59:08 AM

I am a part time Vet Tech and a full time Paramedic. Our area has no organization to help with animal care expense and our Vets do not allow financing. I find myself paying a lot of vet bills and having client pay me back. Some never pay me back but at least I have helped an animal in need.

Sheryl    Casa Grande, AZ

9/20/2007 10:01:49 AM

Second Chance is a great program!

Karen    Bellingham, MA

9/20/2007 6:22:06 AM

Wow, Willy's a lucky kitty that he's received this care. I hope he's been adopted or will be VERY soon!!!!

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